Aviation in 1984
The United States Marine Corps (USMC) receives its first
McDonnell Douglas/British Aerospace (BAe) AV8B Harrier II.
The first un-tethered space-walk is achieved by Captain
Bruce McCandless. He leaves the Challenger Space Shuttle
164 miles above Hawaii, wearing a jet powered 'manned
manoeuvring unit' back-pack that he had helped to design
and 'walkes' 300 feet and back without a safety line.
Braniff begins to operate a domestic airline services in
the United States after a two year gap caused by
Escadron de Chasse (EC) ½ at Dijon is the first unit to
become operational with the Dassault-Breguet Mirage 2000.
Cosmonaut Flight Engineer Svetlana Savitskaya becomes the
first woman to make a space-walk. She is also the first
woman to go into space on two occasions.
High-altitude parachute jumper, ex-United States Air Force
(USAF) Colonel Joe Kittenger begins the first solo,
non-stop balloon flight across the Atlantic. Kittenger's
flight takes two days.
Soviet Space vehicle Soyuz T10B lands after setting a new
space endurance record of 237 days.
Boeing sells its 5,000th airliner.
Briton Julian Nott sets altitude, distance and duration
world records for the pressurised balloon class.
The future of aircraft design may be about to change as the
Grumman X29 forward swept-wing advanced-technology
demonstrator starts its test programme.